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Labour MP Calls For Urgent Arms-Length Body Review To Avoid Future Post Office Scandal

Labour MP Calls For Urgent Arms-Length Body Review To Avoid Future Post Office Scandal

[ad_1] A number of MPs have been campaigning on behalf of the Post Office scandal victims for many years (Alamy) 6 min read20 min Labour MP Kevan Jones has said that a review of arms-length bodies in the UK is urgently needed in order to prevent the Post Office scandal repeating itself. Since the wrongful convictions of Post Office sub-postmasters were brought back into public attention following the release of an ITV drama highlighting the scandal, attention has begun to turn to how to prevent similar disasters in the future. Labour MP Kevan Jones was one of a group of parliamentarians who had long been campaigning on behalf of constituents affected by the scandal, and is a member of the independent Horizon advisory board which oversees compensation related to the scandal. Given the Post Office’s status as an arms-length body – a private company owned by the government – Jones told PoliticsHome he believed there was a fundamental issue with the way such bodies are governed. There are hundreds of other arms-length bodies, including state-owned enterprises such …